I have to admit the 'taking down' is taking much longer than planned!
Perhaps if I'd had warm, sunny weather I could have been outside
removing lights, garland etc., and the decorated Christmas tree
in the gazebo. Instead, I spent much of my time at the windows
taking numerous photos of the many beautiful birds at the feeders,
flying in non-stop during this miserable weather.
They included a first, 6 Eastern bluebirds at one time, definitely a family.
I'll post some photos another time.
Most of the indoor holiday decor is down and packed away now.
I did edit a little as I have just too many things for this time in my life.
I love decorating however one needs to stay within somewhat
smaller bounds as lifting, reaching, hanging, moving etc. become
more difficult, even painful at times!
A box will be going to favorite charity shop this coming week. . . .their
sales benefit domestic animals (spaying, neutering etc.) which makes me
feel I'm helping somewhat.
This year I found that putting everything onto the bed made wrapping and
packing so much easier - this photo was when I was just starting - there
was another load yet to come!
Thankfully Bob carries the boxes back up the stairs and places them
in the far reaches of the storage attic.
Next year, hopefully, we plan to do it all over again of course.
I feel here that I should pay tribute to a wonderful lady whom some of you
may have known from her longtime blog Scene Through My Eyes, and
her great book Are We Walking To Alaska?
I learned from the recent post shared by her daughter - link below - that
JoAnn Dunlap Bayne of Bellingham, Washington, sadly passed away in
November from what I believe was quite a long illness.
We had tried to meet up with her in Bellingham a couple of years ago but
sadly she was unable to make it.
JoAnn wrote great posts with awesome photos of nature's beauty, flowers,
farms, wild birds and her much-loved barns scattered throughout the
scenic Pacific Northwest countryside.
Comments are still open on her blog however do not seem to be published.
JoAnn was a long time friend and sweet blogger and I know will be missed.